Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction)
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Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction)

Formula 23 of 30 in Formulas that Clear Heat

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level

Pattern:

  • Heat trapped in the Lungs, with or without an external Wind-Heat condition

Actions:

  • Releases the exterior, and clears Wind Heat
  • Clears heat from the Lungs.
  • Circulates the Lung Qi and stops wheezing by directing rebellious Lung Qi down.

Indications:

  • Fever with or without sweating
  • Coughing, wheezing, or asthma with difficult or labored breathing.
  • Flaring and pain of the nostrils.
  • Thirst with dry throat.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tip with a thin yellow or white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid, slippery, and floating when presenting with external conditions

Western Uses:

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Lobar Pneumonia
  • Bronchial Pneumonia
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Pneumonitis from Measles
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Diphtheria

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of wheezing or asthma due to Wind Cold invasion

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern Dosage is usually 50% less than listed.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Notes:

  • Especially useful in children.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Bladder, Stomach, Large Intestine

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Ma Huang (Qty: 12 grams)

Warm Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Channels:
LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Herba Ephedrae
Chinese:
麻黄
Tone Marks:
má huáng
Translation:
Hemp Yellow

Shi Gao (Qty: 48 grams)

Cold Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum)
Channels:
LU, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Very Cold
Latin:
Gypsum Fibrosum
Chinese:
石膏
Tone Marks:
shí gāo
Translation:
Stone Paste

Xing Ren (Qty: 18 grams (50 pieces))

Slightly Warm Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Channels:
LI, LU
Properties:
Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin:
Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Chinese:
杏仁
Tone Marks:
xìng rén
Alt Names:
Ku Xing Ren

Zhi Gan Cao (Qty: 6 grams)

Warm Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 Channels
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
炙甘草
Tone Marks:
zhì gān căo

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